International Canadian School
Traditions Of Costa Rica
Camilo Gonzalez and Emanuel Moro
Traditional Places There are many small places that reflex the traditional way of live in Costa Rica. For example, the “pulperias”, “La Feria del Agricultor”, also “El Tope”, a horse competition in different places according to people culture. These traditional places are expanded all through the country: there are many “Ferias del Agricultor” for example, in Zapote, Peréz Zeledón or Tres Ríos. The “pulperias” are a very old traditional place to go. They are located in small country towns where you feel like stepping back in time. People go there to have drinks, dinner, coffee, and they go to chat, gossip: to know people. They are very cultural with the food. Children’s fathers send their children to buy fresh milk and freshly baked bread for breakfast. Also, in the pulperias, were installed the first public telephones. In the pulperias we met the figure of “pulpero” who is a trusted figure. The pulperias are part of the tradition of Costa Rica, but they are disappearing: they, or just disappear or they become small supermarkets. On big cities, it’s hard to find; on small country towns, you find them frequently.
Also there is the ¨Tope¨. Tope is a horse racing of several hundred of kilometers. Many costarican men get very excited to mount a horse. They show how much they can control their horses. It’s very nice to watch and very cultural from Costa Rica: women, riders, food, music, dance and other cultural things. The tradition was born in the last century when “The United Fruit Company” imports their animals they used in the “bananeras”. Horsemans traveled to the coast with their horses to “topar” (to bump into) the livestock.
“La Feria del Agricultor” was founded 25 years ago, because people want a place to sell their products directly with the consumer. There are several fruits and vegetables that people can buy in this fair, like: • • • • • • •
Banana Strawberrys Tomato Oranges Melon Carrots Potatoes
These products are part of the daily substance of the family and we can find it in many of this faires like the “Ferial del Agricultor” in Guapiles. Thanks to the success that the fair has generated, it now forms part of the Aula Verde (Green Classroom) project established by the Ministries of Agriculture (Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería) and Environment and Energy (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía). About La Feria del Agricultor: The National Production Council is the institution responsible for regulating and supervising ¨La Feria del Agricultor¨. The 74 Ferias del agricultor in the country have an administrator and inspectors that control the operation of the fair. These are responsible for ensuring order, security, implementation of health regulations, improvements in the markets and deal with complaints, among other things. In ¨La feria del agricultor¨can participate farmers, livestock, fisheries, forestry, poultry, agribusiness and artisans, which must be authorized by a license certifying them.
In addition, at La feria del agricultor with over 100 vendors can offer food sales that have operating permits granted by the Ministry of Health. All the Â¨feria del agricultor Â¨ should have some basic services like water, electricity, sanitation and pallets where products are displayed. However, some also include parking, sheds or awnings. A requirement to be met by all the fairs held in public is that it is in good condition with no holes or drains that pose a threat to people who attend.
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